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What size gutters should I get?
The primary factors that will determine gutter size are the type and slope of roof you have.
Metal roofs are the slickest surface and provide the least amount of friction. Water will flow off a metal roof very quickly, so we recommend 6″ gutters to ensure the maximum amount of water is captured.
Shingle and clay tile roofs provide more friction, thus slow the flow of water. 5″ gutters are usually sufficient in these applications. However, if the slope of the roof is steep and there’s a large area draining to one gutter, the size might need to be increased. We can do a combination of sizes on the same house, as long as the sections do not connect.
If you plan to collect rainwater for potable (safe to drink) use, you will need either a metal, clay, or TPO roof. However, if you are only collecting rainwater for irrigation purposes, you can use a shingle roof.
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This topic is covered in depth on our blog – see the post below:
A small to medium sized house can typically be finished in one – two days. Larger homes with two or more stories will take 2-4 days.
If the fascia (wood trim) needs to be replaced, this will need to be replaced prior to installation of gutters. We do not perform this work (replacing or painting the wood trim) but we can recommend a contractor if you need one.
While we can’t give you an exact quote without visiting your home or business and discussing options with you, we can give you an idea of a price range so you can decide if a gutter system is within your budget.
K Style or Ogee gutters:
These commonly come in 5 or 6 inch sizes and are typically seamless gutters that are formed by a machine on site. They are run to the exact lengths needed to eliminate seams and conserve material. These are the most economical option and come in a variety of colors.
Prices for 5″ K Style gutters range from $6-8 per linear foot installed, while 6″ can be between $8-10 per linear foot. To get an idea of how much you might need, take a tape measure outside and measure on the ground from corner to corner of the areas where you would like gutters. Of course, our estimators will advise you on the best places to install gutters to maximize the protection of your foundation and landscaping.
Commonly available in 5 & 6 inch sizes also, available in a variety of colors as well as metallic finishes (Galvalume, copper). These gutters are more often found on older or historic homes, but also look wonderful with barrel tile roofs and on modern homes.
Half-round gutters can also be formed through a machine to make a seamless system, but are more costly. These typically cost between $15-20 per linear foot installed.
The above gutter choices are available with a variety of options for leaf protection. Screens will allow water to enter the gutters but will block large debris like leaves and sticks, and prevent small animals from nesting in the gutters. The micro mesh is highly recommended for rainwater collection and even keeps out mosquitos. These options can be discussed with our estimator and provided as an option on the proposal.